Deering High sophomore Tabarek Kadhim wasn't entirely comfortable about playing sports – but that's changed now that the school is offering sports hijabs for female Muslim athletes.

"I did not do any tennis until now because I was so nervous and shy about wearing my stylish hijab during an athletic event," said Kadhim, clad in a slick purple cap that matched her uniform and covered her hair, ears and neck. "Now I can actually play and not worry about my hijab falling off."

This spring, Deering apparently became the first school in the nation to outfit athletes with hijabs designed for physical activity – a move athletic director Melanie Craig hopes will encourage more Muslim girls to play sports.

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